Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 2 of 8 from 1860 edition

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LORD LOVEL.
" This ballad, taken down from the recitation of a lady in Roxburghshire, appears to claim affinity to Border Song; and the title of the ' discourteous squire,' would incline one to suppose that it has derived its ori≠gin from some circumstance connected with the county of Northumberland, where Lovel was anciently a well-known name." Kinloch's Ancient Scottish Ballads, p. 31.
A version from a recent broadside is printed in Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the Peasantry of England, Percy Society, vol. xvii. p. 78.
A fragment of a similar story, the relations of the parties being reversed, is Lady Alice, given in Bell's Ballads of the Peasantry, p. 127, and Notes and Que≠ries, 2d S, i. 418. óCompare also Fair Margaret, &c. p. 140.
Lord Lovel stands at his stable door,
Mounted upon a grey steed ; And bye came Ladie Nanciebel,
And wish'd Lord Lovel much speed.
" 0 whare are ye going, Lord Lovel, s
My dearest tell to me ? " "01 am going a far journey,
Some strange countrie to see;